The British Columbia Coroners Service has verified the discovery of three more remains near Pemberton, increasing the total number of individuals killed in the landslide to four. The landslide was caused by strong rains, which swept vehicles off the road.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe stated in a statement Saturday that the search for a fifth body is still ongoing.
A wave of rock and debris blanketed a part of the roadway between Lillooet and Pemberton on Monday, causing the mudslide.
A woman’s body was discovered on Monday.
Another death was discovered on Wednesday, and two more bodies were discovered on Thursday, according to Lapointe.
“Efforts to locate a fifth individual reported missing resumed Friday, but unfortunately such efforts were unsuccessful,” she said.
As highways reopen following the storms, the British Columbia government announced Friday that it is limiting the amount of fuel individuals can buy at gas stations in some regions of the province and banning non-essential travel.
Nonessential vehicles will be limited to around eight gallons (30 litres) per trip to the petrol station, according to Provincial Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. The injunction is scheduled to be in effect until December 1st.
From Saturday to Monday, 24 B.C. municipalities experienced about 4 inches (100 millimetres) of rain, according to Environment Canada.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline’s precautionary stoppage during the storm has generated fears of a fuel scarcity in the province’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
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